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US, Russia, Israel congratulate India on Independence Day; call New Delhi a global power with high authority

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 15, 2019, 11.26 AM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Congratulatory messages have been sent from the US, Russia and Israel on India's Independence Day with the US calling India a global power with which it has close ties and Russia saying New Delhi enjoys authority in the international arena. 

While talking about the "shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties", US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said, "The United States and India have enjoyed close ties of friendship since the US-supported India’s independence 72 years ago."

He added, "Over the past two decades, our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership, and we now cooperate on a range of important issues, from defence and counterterrorism to freedom of navigation and cutting-edge science, including in space."
 
Pompeo who was on a 3-day India visit earlier this year reiterated that "The United States and India are great democracies, global powers, and good friends".

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Independence day message to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Putin in his letter to Indian leadership said New Delhi "enjoys high authority in the international arena" and "Russian-Indian relations are dynamically developed in the spirit of special and privileged strategic partnership"

He said, India Russia joint efforts "fully meets the interests of people of our countries and goes in line with the task of ensuring stability and security in Asia and the entire world"

PM Modi will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok next month for Eastern Economic Forum.

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a video of himself in which he said that ties with India are "not merely cooperation anymore, it is Genuine Friendship."

In the video, he said," To My friend PM Modi and people of Indian. Namaste. Happy Independence day. The relations between India and Israel is like never before. It is not merely cooperation anymore, it is genuine friendship. Happy friendship day".

Wishes poured in from the country's neighbourhood as well. 

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Bhutan PM Dr Lotay Tshering also sent messages to PM Modi on the occasion of Independence day to which PM thanked them and talked about New Delhi's deep ties between the respective countries.